Back in the day, Hawaiians used to jump on 15ft boards and just cruise the green waves for the pure enjoyment and satisfaction of connecting with nature. Since then, surfing has evolved quite a bit, but the connection remains the same – immeasurable joy and adrenaline rush as we face the magnificent power of Mother Nature.
Nowadays, surfing comes in many varieties. From longboarding to short, punchy surfing, to deep barrels to just catching little rollers. No matter what the surf condition is, each wave is unique. Sometimes it’s extremely frustrating…you paddle for hours and maybe catch 1 wave. But when you catch that one wave, with your feet planted and you’re balanced and you just cruise, everything becomes all worth it.
Yoga practice & surfing
Yoga and surfing are quite complimentary. You must give your undivided attention to both. Any moments of distraction can have negative repercussions. Both encourage you to see each moment, feel each step, develop a connection to make it all work together. The physical practice of yoga can prepare your body for surf by opening and stretching, getting ready for pop ups and encouraging balance. The mental practice of yoga teaches you to focus, engage, and integrate step by step the physical with the mental to not become overwhelmed with the task at hand. In some cases, that means deciding whether to go for the wave or let it pass. In other cases, it means to stay steady in effort.
All of this together, in the words of surfers around the world: “More waves, more joy.”